October 29, 2014
THIS JUST IN: Mike Stack might be French. The Northeast Philly ward leader, state Senator, Democratic candidate for lieutenant governor and grandson of an Irish immigrant is exhibiting Francophilic tendencies. He's talking of keeping his Senate seat while also serving as lieutenant governor if he wins that post next week as Tom Wolf's running mate. Two elected jobs? In France, it's not uncommon. It's known as cumul des mandats , "accumulation of mandates," a practice of holding two or more elective offices.
October 23, 2014 |
To chief executive Sue Schick, it's a continuing mystery. Why are there so few women on corporate boards? Why are there so few top women executives? Why are so few women ranked among the top earners? And if major nonprofit organizations seem comfortable with female leadership, why can't that confidence translate to more business leadership spots for women? "Inertia," said Schick, chief executive of UnitedHealthcare Pennsylvania and Delaware, a publicly traded health insurance company that has more than 5,000 employees and covers more than 900,000 people.
October 17, 2014 |
ABOUT THIS time a year ago, there were at least a few Temple folks wondering if Matt Rhule was the right guy to coach the Owls' football team. And definitely many more than a few who were questioning Rhule's choice of making well-traveled veteran Phil Snow his defensive coordinator. But that's what can happen when you lose your first six and opponents keep converting long passes at the end of a lot of those games to erase whatever good had come before. "My oldest boy said, 'Dad, do you read message boards?
October 17, 2014 |
Chris Pronger is as feisty off the ice as he was during his playing days. The former defenseman bristled at the suggestion that, by taking a job with the NHL's player-safety department on Friday, it is a conflict of interest because he is being paid by the Flyers for the next three seasons. Pronger said that he is "merely a sounding board" for Stephane Quintal, the NHL's senior vice president of player safety, and that Quintal will hand out disciplinary measures. Pronger will not be permitted to make disciplinary recommendations on incidents involving the Flyers.
October 14, 2014 |
NOBODY EXPECTS Nick Foles to be the perfect quarterback, well at least nobody except for the most extreme critic. But Foles doesn't have to play perfect - the Eagles don't need that. What Eagles fans have been waiting to see from Foles has been consistency, signs that last year's remarkable season when he led the NFL in passer rating was not an aberration but the rise of a young field general. More than anything, it has been the up-and-down play of Foles through the first quarter of the season that has kept Birds fans from fully enjoying a start that has been as good as any top team in the NFL. And for nearly 28 1/2 minutes of the first half of last night's huge NFC East clash with the New York Giants, Eagles fans were satisfied because Foles was playing some of his best football of the season.
October 13, 2014 |
Stephen Klasko hadn't been running the Thomas Jefferson University empire for long before his thoughts turned to Sidney Kimmel. A Philadelphia native who became a billionaire in the fashion industry, Kimmel had given generously to Jefferson in the 1990s but not much since despite funding the performing arts center that bears his name. But Klasko, who last month hit the one-year mark as university president and health system chief executive officer, knew Kimmel had built Jones New York by aggressively expanding and thinking outside the box. So his hunch was the two would get along.
October 11, 2014 |
Even though Chris Pronger is still on the Flyers' payroll, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman said he wouldn't have a problem if the onetime defensive standout worked in the league's player-safety department. And that's apparently what happened Thursday night, when Pronger was hired, according to TSN, which also reported that he remained on the Flyers' long-term injured list, meaning the team would still get $4.9 million in salary-cap relief. The Flyers owe Pronger a total of $5.15 million for the final three years of his contract.
October 11, 2014 |
A Northern California man who says he was fired after Comcast Corp. contacted his employer wants his name cleared and has threatened to file a lawsuit next week against the cable giant, his lawyer, Maureen Pettibone Ryan, said Thursday. The case of Conal O'Rourke, of Santa Clara, is Comcast's latest customer service fiasco to go viral as the nation's largest cable company seeks regulatory approval for its $45.2 billion acquisition of Time Warner Cable Inc. After being unable to resolve a billing problem in California, O'Rourke contacted Comcast's headquarters in Philadelphia twice in February about $312.50 in overcharges, Ryan said in a phone interview.
October 10, 2014 |
DESPITE THE fact that he is still on the Flyers' payroll, Chris Pronger will have direct input on any supplemental discipline handed out this season. The NHL is expected to announce Pronger's hiring today in the Department of Player Safety, confirming a TSN report. The league did not return an official request for comment last night. Unfortunately for the Flyers and their bean counters, the team will still be on the hook for the remaining $5.15 million in salary due to him. Pronger, who turns 40 today, also will remain on the Flyers' long-term injury list and the team will receive a salary-cap cushion equal to his $4.94 million salary-cap hit to use on a replacement player.
October 5, 2014 |
U.S. employers added 248,000 jobs in September, allowing the nation to reach an unemployment milestone. For the first time in six years, the unemployment rate dropped below 6 percent to 5.9 percent, the U.S. Labor Department reported Friday. Five years ago, there was another milestone. In October 2009, as the nation struggled to escape the grip of the recession, unemployment reached 10 percent, the worst rate in a quarter-century. Jobs were added in every sector in September - manufacturing, health, education, business, finance, information technology, retail, and government.